- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill has been identified as the individual who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The Red Squadron team member’s name was first reported Monday by the military news website SOFREP.

His identity was released after leaders of U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command criticized his decision to appear on Fox. The cable news network plans to air its exclusive interview Nov. 11 and 12.

“At Naval Special Warfare’s core is the SEAL ethos,” Rear Adm. Brian Losey and Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci wrote in a letter to Naval Special Warfare sailors Oct. 31, The Tampa Tribune reported over the weekend.

“A critical tenant of our ethos is ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.’ Our ethos is a life-long commitment and obligation, both in and out of the service. Violators of our ethos are neither teammates in good standing, nor teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare,” the letter added.

Mr. O’Neill’s father, Tom, gave an interview to the Daily Mail on Wednesday, stating that the family is not afraid of the repercussions of going public.

“People are asking if we are worried that ISIS will come and get us because Rob is going public. I say I’ll paint a big target on my front door and say come and get us,” the SEAL’s father told the Daily Mail.

Mr. O’Neill, who spend 16 years in the service, is the recipient of two Silver Stars and four Bronze Stars with combat “V” among other decorations, the Daily Mail reported.

Naval Special Warfare Command spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton was asked by Navy Times to comment on Mr. O’Neill, but declined. He told the paper that the Navy will respond after the Fox interview airs.


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